They've planned everything, but couldn't plan for this. As many as 20,000 Boy Scouts will descend upon Forest Park this weekend to celebrate the 100Th anniversary of scouting. The scouts are expected to arrive at 2 p.m. Friday, but at 7 a.m., a volunteer scout leader stumbled upon a disturbing scene: a young woman, bound and partially clothed, laying in a shallow creek bed.
The scout immediately called 911 and tried to help the woman. Crime scene investigators, the sex crime unit and detectives stood alongside scout leaders at the scene near the upper Muny parking lot.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Captain Ronnie Robinson tells me whatever happened to the woman didn't happen in Forest Park. He believes she was dumped there sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. He says the woman, about 25 or 26 years old, is lucky someone found her when they did. The victim was taken to a hospital, where police say she is coherent and stable. Capt. Robinson did not yet know the extent of her injuries or whether she had been sexually assaulted.
The victim's car was found and towed from the scene. The gray, Infinity G37 has Nevada plates.
Police are not yet telling us whether they have suspects or a second crime scene location.
Meanwhile, activities will go on as usual for the scouting event as soon as police clear the scene and give scouts the O.K. Scouts will set up camps throughout the park. Leaders and police both say the park is safe.
Maggie Crane is a reporter at KMOV. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.